Create Interactive Metabase Dashboards that Work with WooCommerce Data

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Use CData Connect to create a virtual MySQL database for WooCommerce data and create an interactive dashboard in Metabase from WooCommerce data.

Metabase is an open source data visualization tool that allows users to create interactive dashboards. When paired with CData Connect Cloud, users can easily create visualizations and dashboards linked to live WooCommerce data. This article describes how to create a virtual database for WooCommerce and build a simple visualization using WooCommerce data.

CData Connect provides a pure SQL interface for WooCommerce, allowing you to easily integrate with live WooCommerce data in Metabase — without replicating the data. Connect looks exactly like a MySQL database to Metabase and uses optimized data processing out of the box to push all supported SQL operations (filters, JOINs, etc) directly to WooCommerce, leveraging server-side processing to quickly return WooCommerce data.

Create a Virtual MySQL Database for WooCommerce Data

CData Connect Cloud uses a straightforward, point-and-click interface to connect to data sources and generate APIs.

  1. Log into Connect Cloud and click Databases.
  2. Select "WooCommerce" from Available Data Sources.
  3. Enter the necessary authentication properties to connect to WooCommerce.

    WooCommerce supports the following authentication methods: one-legged OAuth1.0 Authentication and standard OAuth2.0 Authentication.

    Connecting using one-legged OAuth 1.0 Authentication

    Specify the following properties (NOTE: the below credentials are generated from WooCommerce settings page and should not be confused with the credentials generated by using WordPress OAuth2.0 plugin):

    • ConsumerKey
    • ConsumerSecret

    Connecting using WordPress OAuth 2.0 Authentication

    After having configured the plugin, you may connect to WooCommerce by providing the following connection properties:

    • OAuthClientId
    • OAuthClientSecret
    • CallbackURL
    • InitiateOAuth - Set this to either GETANDREFRESH or REFRESH

    In either case, you will need to set the Url property to the URL of the WooCommerce instance.

  4. Click Test Database.
  5. Click Privileges -> Add and add the new user (or an existing user) with the appropriate permissions.

Connect to CData Connect from Metabase

After creating the virtual database, navigate to your Metabase instance. Use the MySQL interface to connect to CData Connect.

  1. Navigate to the administration screen (Settings -> Admin) and click "Add Database" from the "Databases" tab
  2. Configure the connection to CData Connect and click "Save"
    • Database type: Select "MySQL"
    • Name: Name the connection (e.g. "WooCommerce (CData Connect)")
    • Host: The URL of your Connect instance (e.g. https://myinstance.cdatacloud.net)
    • Port: The port of the MySQL endpoint for your Connect instance (e.g. 3306)
    • Database name: The name of the virtual database you just created (e.g. WooCommerce1)
    • Username: A CData Connect username
    • Password: The password for the above CData Connect user
    • Click to Use a secure connection (SSL)

Query WooCommerce Data with Metabase

Once you configure the connection to CData Connect, you can query WooCommerce and build visualizations.

  1. Use the "Write SQL" tool to retrieve the WooCommerce data
  2. Write a SQL query based on the virtual database, e.g.

    SELECT ParentId, Total FROM Orders WHERE ParentId = '3'
  3. Navigate to the "Visualization" screen, choose a visualization, and configure the visualization

More Information & Free Trial

At this point, you have built a simple visualization from WooCommerce data in Metabase. You can continue to work with live WooCommerce data in Metabase just like you would any MySQL database. For more information on creating a virtual MySQL database for WooCommerce (and more than 200 other data sources), visit the Connect Cloud page. Sign up for a free trial and start working with live WooCommerce data in Metabase today.